Japan is due to decide in about two years whether to develop an indigenous fighter, modify a foreign type or buy off the shelf.  Evidence is pointing strongly to the defense ministry recommending building a Japanese fighter for the 2030s, under the designation F-3. The ministry is sticking to a fighter concept that it worked out in the first half of this decade, one that is not available from a foreign manufacturer and could not be realized by changing a current aircraft. This concept, ...

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